Keep Waiting

I’m sharing this on both blogs today because I need to encourage somebody, to keep waiting. When I got ready to re-release #ASecretWorthKeeping, I was hesitant. For one, it has six characters and two, I was changing the book from it’s original form. Y’all … the response to #WhentheVowsBreak has surpassed my wildest imagination. I wish I could tell you there was a magic formula (there isn’t). I wish I could tell you there was a specific ad or promo that did it (I can’t). I wish I could tell you the right keywords (I can’t).

What I can tell you is this … God is amazing. He’s allowed me to be supported by people, in states and countries; I’ve never met yet you purchase every book. God allows me to use Him (He’s okay with it) on the pages of books, to get people to see and feel Him. #byanymeansnecessary

Y’all, writing is part of my purpose. This is why I don’t bash those who don’t support, they will one day. I’ve stopped complaining and started praying more. And, here’s the hardest part, I’ve started waiting, patiently. Waiting on what God has for me, in every area of my life.

For somebody who is looking at the seeds you’ve sown and they haven’t bloomed yet, keep waiting. For somebody who is looking at their business and it hasn’t sprouted yet, keep waiting. For somebody who is thinking about throwing in the towel, keep waiting. For somebody who has been waiting, this may hurt to hear but you’ve got to keep waiting YOUR TURN. It’s like when you’re sitting in the DMV and you’re looking at that ticket in your hand that says A12 and they’re just on A68 (which means they have to go all the way through to 99 just to start over and get to you) but eventually, your number will be called. WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME.

Trust God’s process, even when you don’t understand. If what you’re doing, is part of your purpose, there will be moments of hurt, pain, lack and everything else you can think of. However, if you wait, working while you wait, trust while you wait, prepare while you wait, faith it while you wait and believe while you wait; it’ll pay off.

Dear God,
Forgive me for being impatient with my purpose. Forgive me for rushing your process. From this moment, I’m going to wait in and on you, while you renew my strength. And while I’m waiting, I’ll thank you, in advance, for what you’re going to do. Amen.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

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Thought I’d share this again…

As an author …

I wish I could tell you I know all there is. I don’t.

Truth is, when i first started writing I barely saw a return on the investment I put in. Hours upon hours of writing but no money was being made. Time spent away from family and friends and even some of them will not support. My name printed real cute on the front cover of books and you can find me on Amazon but that’s about it.

I should quit, right? I BET NOT and neither should you.

Here’s some unsolicited advice.

1. Invest in yourself and your gifts. The same way you go to school for a degree or certification; study your craft. Spend money on the best book cover, editors, proofreaders and promoters. Cheap is not always the way to go. Trust me, I know.

2. Build you a team. People who will push you, encourage you and pray for you. Have someone on your side who will tell you the truth, even if it hurts your feelings. Get to know people who are on the level you’re trying to make it too and one day surpass. Ask their opinion and take their advice.

3. Do NOT write book series if you don’t have the time to finish it. You will lose readers that way. If I have to re-read the first book just to read the second one, issa no for me.

4. Believe in yourself. There will be some folk who will not like what you put out and you may get some bad reviews. Trust your gift. Family may not support. Trust your gift. Nobody showing up at your celebration, trust your gift. It will pay off.

5. NEVER GIVE UP. I told you, for years the royalties I received couldn’t even pay my water bill (the cheapest bill in the house) but I did not quit. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not in a position to quit my jobs but I am finally seeing a return on the investment I’ve been putting in. IT TOOK YEARS though! You will see it too.

6. Stop comparing yourself to someone else. You are you and they are them. I don’t care how many of their books you read, you will not write like them. It’s their gift the same as it is your. Find your own footing. Sure, I said before, take advice but don’t copy them because that will only make you a copy of them and not you.

That’s it for now.

I don’t know it all. I haven’t made the New York Times’ Best Seller. My books are not in Barnes and Noble or Walmart stores. My name is not rolling in the credits of movies. I am not being called on to headline book events. Fact is, I’m Lakisha … Author Lakisha and people know me and they read my books.

“Writing didn’t find me, God etched it within my soul when He formed me in my mother’s belly.”

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Dose of Encouragement

As an author, there will be bad reviews, it comes with the job. See, when you open yourself up to the public, you also open yourself up to the public’s opinion but what I’ve realized is this … For every ONE (1) bad review, there are TEN (10) good ones. Now, understand this, you need to read them ALL however don’t dwell on the bad ones because if you do, you’ll run the risk of missing out on the good ones.

Continue to use your gift because it’ll make room for you and take you to places you only dream about.

Keep writing!
Keep hustling!
Keep grinding!
Keep believing!

It’ll pay off!

Always
— Lakisha

 

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Step out on faith and stay there!

Step out on faith and trust God to do it. Never, in all of my life, would I have thought I would be a preacher, teacher, speaker nor author. Yet, God has afforded me the opportunity to do ALL these things and more. It’s not because of me but it’s because I have the grace and anointing of Him within me.

I simply stopped by today to encourage someone who is feeling like giving up on being an author. Your time hasn’t come yet, you don’t have as many followers as everybody else, you can’t understand how they can sell books and you can’t or why their books can rank high on book selling sites and yours can’t but beloved; it’s not for you to figure out.

Your time is coming, you just have to trust God. Continue using your gift and trust God to do it for you. Your time is coming!

Step out on faith and stay there!

— Be blessed and keep writing!

Lakisha

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

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Keep Climbing, Keep Writing!

I haven’t blogged in a while but I thought I’d share the post I did today on my devotional blog. Now, I don’t normally do this but I just feel like someone needs a little encouragement today. Yea, it maybe for you who thinks your writing isn’t going anywhere or for you who thinks you’re at a deadend. My words for you today … KEEP CLIMBING. Yes, it gets hard for a writer whether you are published or self published but keep climbing and keep writing. Your breakthrough is coming but you have to believe in yourself first before anyone else will.

Daily Devotional – 7/15/14 “Keep climbing!”

Have you ever paid attention to a squirrel? The way they move from tree branch to tree branch or the way they handle their surroundings? Think about it. Every time I see a squirrel they seem to only be focused on getting what they need down below and getting to the nearest tree. See, if they make it to the tree, nine times out of ten, they make it out of harm’s way. Is that interesting to anyone other than me? I wrote a devotional once titled “We need a squirrel like mentality,” and although it was wrote over a year ago, it still holds true today. See, when a squirrel is on a mission, it doesn’t allow the rain on the branches to stop him because it’s goal is to get to the highest branch away from any pending danger that maybe below. So, maybe it would be feasible for us, as Saints, to get a squirrel like mentality because it should give us the tenacity to be able to reach any goal and finish any mission we set out on. Yea, see, it shouldn’t matter about the rain that’s falling in your life, keep climbing. It shouldn’t even matter about those who are standing around the bottom of the tree trying to talk you out of reaching the next branch (that’s the next level in your life) because you should keep climbing. Yea, folk will try to throw stuff at you to knock you down but keep climbing. You may be waiting on test results from the doctor who said it didn’t look good but you’re not dead yet so keep climbing. You may have gotten laid off from your job but you’re not disabled so keep climbing.

Baby, if you keep climbing you’ll soon be out of reach of those naysayers who said you wouldn’t dare make it. If you keep climbing you’ll soon make it to the place man said you had no business reaching. If you keep climbing you’ll soon make it to the table some said you’d never sit at. Baby, if you just keep climbing you’ll soon reach the door that man couldn’t open for you. And don’t you know that when you climb with God as the lead and faith in your heart, no man can knock you down? Yea, you may get a few nicks and bumps from the knots (fake friends, enemies and obstacles) on the branches but don’t let it stop you because my bible tells me in Deuteronomy 28:13, “If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.” And you have what it takes to climb if you let go of fear. Stop trying to see how high it is, just climb. Stop looking to see if someone is beating you, just climb. You don’t have to be in a hurry because it’s all in God’s time anyway so move when He says move. Climb with the faith that you’ve already made it and you will. Oh but let me add this … The only time you look down on those below you is to help them up. Don’t ever get to your treetop and get too mighty because although man can’t knock you down, God can!